By Michel Robert
Un monde en guerre perpétuelle, à travers trois continents. L’Empire étend peu à peu sa domination sur les Clans, des peuples non humains. Malken, surnommée Balafrée, est orpheline et vit dans un camps d'internement réservé aux femmes. Recueillie par les Clans, avide de se venger de l’Empire qui a assassiné sa mère, elle intègre l’armée. Sauvage et rebelle, elle peine à supporter l’autorité militaire. Toutefois, au cours d’une embuscade perpétrée par l’Empire, los angeles jeune femme sauve un éminent personnage, los angeles quaestrice Valéna d’Aubépine. En récompense, elle reçoit une formation d’élite et devient une redoutable guerrière. Mais gouvernée par ses instincts violents, Malken est condamnée à servir dans les rangs des Bannis, une escouade des Clans chargée des pires missions. Malken saura-t-elle survivre aux nombreux hazards qui l. a. menacent ? Saura-elle se faire accepter par des compagnons rétifs à sa présence ? Et surtout, pourra-t-elle assouvir l. a. vengeance qui l. a. consultant depuis son enfance ?
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The beast swims more swiftly forward, the water churning to luminosity beneath its powerful limbs. The ship looms higher and higher as the swimmer and its two passengers approach. When the hull of the craft crashes over them the beast swings broadside to the ship and paddles slowly toward her prow. It stops. The man gestures to a rope net hanging from the side of the ship. As he does so he grasps a heavy cord with one hand and pulls himself from the creature’s back, hanging on to the ropes. The woman follows in kind.
She indicates again her incomprehension. He speaks in other words, different-sounding words, a complex jargon of vowels and stops replacing the growling gutturals of his first speech. Still she does not understand. She shrugs helplessly. A sudden chill passes through her body, making her shudder. The man removes the shining black cloth from about his bony shoulders and holds it toward her. She slips it around her own, softer shoulders, feeling weak and slightly nauseous. She tries to say something to the man, very nearly falls but instead feels herself supported by his bony hands.
She gazes into his face and shrugs. He repeats his words. She indicates again her incomprehension. He speaks in other words, different-sounding words, a complex jargon of vowels and stops replacing the growling gutturals of his first speech. Still she does not understand. She shrugs helplessly. A sudden chill passes through her body, making her shudder. The man removes the shining black cloth from about his bony shoulders and holds it toward her. She slips it around her own, softer shoulders, feeling weak and slightly nauseous.
Balafrée by Michel Robert